President and Chair

Dawn Welham

Dawn Welham

As President, Dawn will play a central role as an ambassador for CIEH by promoting the environmental health profession and commenting on the relevant topical issues of the day.

Dawn Welham FCIEH was appointed President-Elect of CIEH in July 2017. With experience garnered through a 30-year career, she approaches the role of President with an in-depth knowledge of the fresh food, grocery and retail sectors covering product development, store operations and global supply chains.

Having first joined CIEH as a member in 1987, Dawn started her career with Wakefield Council. She then became Head of Trading Law at Asda, with a focus on the operational side of the business, followed by the role of Technical Director at Asda Walmart, where her remit covered the entire supply base and operational food compliance. Dawn then became the Global Technical Director of SAI Global, a multi-national risk management consultancy based in Sydney, Australia. Currently, Dawn is Technical Director for Authenticate IS, a supply chain mapping service.

Dawn is also strategic advisor to Huddersfield-based Caterers Choice, a major supplier to the food service and retail sectors. She is also a non executive director for Good For You Ltd, a supplier of hydroponic fruit and vegetables , based in China. A Fellow of CIEH, Dawn is a chartered safety practitioner (IOSH) and is a member of the Society of Food Hygiene and Technology.

Dawn originally graduated from Manchester Polytechnic with a BSc Environmental Health and has completed further postgraduate qualifications, including a Diploma in Environmental Health & Safety, MSc Occupational Health & Safety. She is about to embark on a PhD program at the University of Belfast working with Professor Chris Elliott. As President, Dawn has an important role as an ambassador, promoting the profession and commenting on topical issues connected with environmental health. Based in Wakefield, Dawn is married to husband Paul and has five children.

▼ Chair 

Siraj Choudhury

Siraj Choudhury

As Chair, Siraj’s primary responsibility will be to oversee the delivery of CIEH’s strategy and ensure that our institutional remit to protect the public will continue to be fulfilled.

Siraj Choudhury was appointed Chair-Elect of CIEH in July 2017 having served as an appointed member of the CIEH Board of Trustees since February 2015. Siraj is a local government manager and solicitor with private, public and voluntary sector experience.

Siraj’s interest in environmental health began with his early work on statutory nuisance and disrepair cases as a legal aid housing lawyer working in private practice. In his time as a Solicitor (Planning & Litigation) and then as a Principal Solicitor at Spelthorne Borough Council in Surrey, Siraj worked closely with environmental health colleagues to successfully prosecute food hygiene, health & safety, pollution and nuisance offences. He particularly enjoyed dusting off old smoke control orders and presenting photos of filthy kitchens and insects stuck in sweet and sour sauce to the court!

At Spelthorne, Siraj provided legal advice on: licensed premises; SEVs; taxi licensing and gambling offences. His perspective is also shaped by his extensive work on planning enforcement and homelessness litigation. Siraj has extensive experience of board and committee governing documents and procedure, having acted as the legal advisor for local authority licensing sub-committee hearings and planning committees. He also chairs the board of a housing advice charity, as well as sitting on a housing association board.

His current role as Deputy Group Head of Spelthorne Borough Council’s Commissioning & Transformation Group covers diverse functions such as: human resources; project management; ICT; committee services; performance management; partnerships; business transformation; information governance; procurement and contract management.

Siraj graduated from Queen Mary, University of London with a LLB (Hons) Law degree before completing his Legal Practice Course diploma at the College of Law, London. After qualifying as a solicitor, Siraj completed an MSc Spatial Planning from the Bartlett School of Planning (University College London) and later the Law Society’s Diploma in Local Government Law and Practice (Dip.L.G). He is currently studying for a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) with the University of Birmingham.

Based in London, Siraj is married to Neelum Choudhury, an Associate Director in the sustainable engineering field. They have one daughter.

▼ Vice Presidents 

We appoint a number of Honorary Vice Presidents. These are notable individuals who, through their position and status, are of particular value and assistance in helping us achieve our objectives. Their duties include promoting the CIEH, supporting our initiatives, making introductions, identifying issues of concern for consideration and exchanging information.

Our current Vice Presidents are:

Rt Hon Kevin Barron MP

Kevin was elected as Member of Parliament for the Rother Valley in the 1983 general election. He has won all seven subsequent elections for the constituency.  

On entering Parliament, Kevin became a member of the Select Committee on Energy. In 1985 he became Parliamentary Private Secretary to Neil Kinnock. During the late 1980s and early 1990s he served as Shadow Minister for Energy, Employment and later Health. Kevin also became chair of the Yorkshire Group of Labour MPs in 1987, a position he still holds.

In 1993, Kevin was the originator of a Private Members Bill to ban the advertising and promotion of tobacco products. In July 1996 he was duly appointed Shadow Minister for Public Health.

In 1997, Kevin was selected to sit on the Intelligence and Security Committee, which he did until 2005. He also chaired the Parliamentary Labour Party Health Committee from 1997 to 2002. From 2005 to 2010 Kevin was Chair of the Health Select Committee and a member of the Liaison Committee. In 2005 he became a member of the Standards and Privileges Committee and in 2010 was made the Committee's Chair.

He is currently Chair of the All-Party Groups relating to the Film Industry, Pharmacy and is Co-chair of the Associate Parliamentary Health Group and All Party Group on Primary Care and Public health.

In 2001 Kevin was appointed as a Privy Councillor and given a Knighthood in 2014.

Professor Sir Kenneth Calman KCB FRCS

Sir Kenneth Calman is Chancellor of the University of Glasgow.  He graduated in medicine in Glasgow and became Professor of Oncology in 1974. In 1984 he became Dean of Postgraduate Medicine and Professor of Postgraduate Medical Education at the University of Glasgow.  In 1989 he was appointed Chief Medical Officer in Scotland and in September 1991 he became Chief Medical Officer in England.  He was a member of the Executive Board of the World Health Organisation, and it’s Chairman from 1998-99.  He was Vice Chancellor and Warden of the University of Durham from 1998 until 2007. He was a Member of the Statistics Commission from 1999 until 2007. He is a Trustee of Cancer Research UK and a member of the Board of the British Library. He is Chair of the National Cancer Research Institute. His most recent books are “A study of storytelling, humour and learning in medicine” and “Medical Education: Past present and future”.

Dr June Crown CBE

Dr Crown is a former President of the Faculty of Public Health Medicine.  Her career has focused on public health medicine as Area Health Officer in Brent and Harrow, Director of Public Health in Bloomsbury and Director of the South East Institute of Public Health.  She has frequently acted as a special adviser to the World Health Organisation and overseas governments. She is a Vice President of Age Concern England, a Trustee of Help the Aged, Deputy Chairman of the University of Brighton and President of Medact (a charitable organisation of doctors, nurses and other health professionals who are concerned about major threats to health such as conflict, poverty and environmental degradation). 

Brian Hanna CBE FCIEH

Brian Hanna was elected President of the CIEH in January 2002 for a three-year term.  Now retired, Brian was previously Chief Executive and Town Clerk of Belfast City Council, where he was instrumental in developing and implementing urban regeneration programmes and building effective partnerships between the private and public sector. He is a member of several professional and government advisory organisations and a former member of the Sustainable Development Commission.

Brian chaired the President’s Commission to investigate how the environmental health profession can rise to the challenge of the changes that have taken place in local government over the last two decades. The resulting Hanna Report was published in April 2005 and sets out a broad range of policy implications for the CIEH.  In 2004 he was appointed as Chair of the British Council’s Northern Ireland Advisory Committee and in 2008 as Deputy-Chair of the Northern Ireland Science Park Foundation.

Baroness Sally Hamwee

Raised to the peerage as Baroness Hamwee of Richmond upon Thames in 1991, Sally Hamwee has been the Liberal Democrat Spokesperson for local government issues since 1991. She served for many years as a councillor in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames and was a member of the London Planning Advisory Committee from 1986 to 1994. She has also been Joint President of Association of London Government and Chair of the Greater London Assembly. She is a member of the All Party Group on Economic Affairs and is currently the secretary of the Associate Parliamentary Group on Environmental Health. 

Morris McAllister

Morris served in the public service government for 41 years and worked in both central and local government.  He was the NI Director for the Food Standards Agency and a member of its Executive Management Board for 8 years until his retirement in September 2008.  Prior his appointment at the FSA, Morris was the Chief Environmental Health Officer at the Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety where he provided professional policy advice to Ministers on the full range of environmental health issues and chaired both the NI Chief EHOs Group and the UK government Chief EHOs Group.  He is a strong advocate of the key role that EHPs play in public health protection and enhancement.

Professor Tim Lang

Tim Lang is Professor of Food Policy at City University's Centre for Food Policy in London. He specialises in how policy affects the shape of the food supply chain, what people eat and the social, health and civic outcomes. Over 30 years, he has worked in a variety of posts in education, research and public interest organisations. Since 1994, as Europe’s only Professor of Food Policy, he has concentrated on long-term strategic issues in food policy, linking human and environmental health with social justice.

Since 2006 he has been Land Use and Natural Resources Commissioner on the Government's Sustainable Development Commission. He was elected a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health in 2001 and won the BBC Radio 4 Derek Cooper Food Award in 2003 and the Caroline Walker Trust award in 2002. From 1999 to 2005 he was chair of Sustain, the UK alliance of 100+ NGOs promoting better food. He is the author/co-author of 120+ articles and reports and 10 books, including The Atlas of Food (with Erik Millstone, 2008, 2nd edition) and Food Wars (with Michael Heasman, 2004).

Derek Osborn CBE

Derek Osborn served for 30 years in the Civil Service, including six years as Director General for Environmental Protection at the Department of the Environment until retirement in January 1996.  He represented the United Kingdom and was Chair of the Management Board of the European Environment Agency (1995-1999) and was on the Board of the Environment Agency for England and Wales (1996-98).  He is a Non-executive Director of Severn Trent PLC, Chair of Jupiter Global Green Investment Trust and is involved in several environmental organisations.

John Spence

John Spence is Chair of Welsh Food Advisory Committee and is a member of the Board of the Food Standards Agency. Prior to retirement in 2003, he was acting Chief Executive at Swansea Council where he had previously been Director of Environment and Health. He has been an adviser to the Welsh Local Government Association and is a former Chair of one of the regional Drug and Alcohol Action Teams (DAATs) in Wales. He has also been an adviser to the Welsh Assembly’s Chief Medical Officer’s Public Health Review Board and has served on a number of other national advisory bodies. He has previously held the post of Chair of the Welsh Collaboration for Health and Environment and the Society of Public Protection Officers (Wales).

Joan Walley MP

Joan Walley has been Labour MP for Stoke-on-Trent North since 1987. Following a career in local government, she became opposition spokesperson on Environmental Protection and Development (1988-90) and Transport (1990-95), and has served on the Environmental Select Committee since 1997. Her special interests include the environment and health.

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